One fo the movements sweeping through the Open Hardware world is that of the hackerspace: a place where people can communially work on hardware, sharing tools, resources, expertise and encouragement. In Atlanta we have FreeSide Atlanta. From their Meetup Page:

Freeside Technology Spaces, Inc., a non-profit organization, strives to be the best in providing resources and an environment that encourages research, knowledge exchange, learning, and mentoring in the Atlanta community, through  workshops, collaborative projects,  and other activities that develop and support free and open source software and hardware.

So check out their blog. They also have a wiki.

Upcoming FreeSide Atlanta Meetups

Events - Freeside Atlanta

Events - Freeside Atlanta
  • Freeside Atlanta

    Freeside Atlanta is a Nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a space for engineers, programmers, inventors, artists, and lunatics to collaborate. We host this meeting a couple of times a month on Tuesday so that people can check out the space, chat with members of the organization, and get together to plan projects, events, and classes.

    We'll do a quick meeting to introduce everyone, we'll update folks on the progress of projects and equipment in the space, announce classes and events, and occationally feature a 10-20 minute talk by a guest lecturer on an interesting subject. Afterwards, we'll break out into a more informal open house so people can chat, get tours of the space, and check out the cool stuff around the space.

    You can get the gate code using this form:

    You can also get a preview of our space by checking out our photo tour page on Meetup.

    Directions -

    The Space is in the Metropolitan Warehouse complex on Metropolitan Pkwy near Ralph David Abernathy Blvd, and you can do one of two things to get to it after entering the gates of the complex -

    1 - Take a right after entering the gate, then your first left, which is the back side of the complex

    2 - To get to the front door, take the first right shown on the map. To get to the auto bay doors, take the second right shown and drive around to the back side of the complex.

    Overview of the warehouse complex directions found on our wiki.

    Street View of the front entrance.

    If you need any help or have a question, just email us at

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Tuesday, August 14 at 7:30 PM


  • Freeside Atlanta

    Come party with Jud, and install an Arduino IDE, and a driver for the CH340 serial chip on your laptop! Be the first on your block!

    This Meetup is aimed at those who want to take the "Build an LED Cloud" Meetup, but would like some support installing the Arduino Integrated development Environment and the driver for the chip on an Arduino UNO clone that communicates with your laptop.

    But we are open to everyone!

    In addition to getting your IDE and driver installed, attendees will receive a CANDY BAR! Or maybe some CIRCUS PEANUTS!

    = $30 for non-members of Freeside
    = $10 for members of Freeside (please pay full amount and we will refund you the difference.)


    - A laptop computer with WiFi
    - A positive attitude to excel
    - A sense of wonderment and adventure

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Wednesday, August 15 at 6:00 PM


    Price: 30.00 USD

  • Freeside Atlanta

    Got your head in the clouds, or a cloud in your head, thinking about what to do for your next Arduino project?

    Come learn how to make a glowing, color-pulsing LED cloud lamp!

    Some prior Arduino (or other) programming experience would be helpful, but is not required to take this class. You'll go home with your very own glowing cloud to hang on the wall!

    The workshop takes about 3 hours.

    - $60 for non-members of Freeside
    - $30 for members of Freeside (please pay full amount and we will refund you the difference.)

    Price includes: An Arduino Uno clone, an LED strip, and materials needed to build your cloud. You will get to take these home with you!


    - A laptop computer with WiFi

    - An installed copy of the Arduino IDE (it's free) - here's where to get it:

    - An installed driver for the CH340 serial chip - here is a discussion about how to do this:

    PLEASE have the IDE and the driver installed BEFORE the Meetup.

    If you want, you can come to the separate INSTALL PARTY an hour before this Meetup ($30).

    On the other hand, if you come to the Meetup with the IDE and driver installed, YOU will get a CANDY BAR!

    Building on the basics of using an Arduino, this class will move forward, and
    - how to use libraries of code, benefitting from the work of others
    - how to work with the LED strips that will illuminate your cloud
    - how addressable RGB LED's work, and how the library we will use controls them
    - circuit design to allow an Arduino to control something it is not actually powering.

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Wednesday, August 15 at 7:00 PM


    Price: 60.00 USD